Inspire children, adults and families to thrive

Family scientists employ evidence-informed strategies to create meaningful change for families across society. Through this blended (on campus attendance required for two courses) format program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how families function while acquiring the necessary skills to work in areas that build individual, family and community strengths. Courses within the program are designed for you to develop a deep respect for diversity in people and environments.

The program requires the completion of the Family Science major plus the completion of a second major or minor, allowing you to expand your expertise and enhance your professional marketability for careers in research, education, policy or practitioner work. Complementary UNK majors such as Criminal Justice or Psychology and minors such as Social Work, Sociology, or Women’s and Gender Studies are available in a fully online format.

NCFR logo: catalyzing research, theory and practice

National Council on Family Relations

The curriculum for Family Science is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). NCFR is the oldest and largest national organization concerned with family issues in the United States. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Science graduates are qualified for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Full certification is available to those with the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree and two years’ experience in family life education if the degree is family-related; five years of experience if the degree is non-family-related. 

CFLE certification: Upon graduation, students are eligible for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations and following documentation of two years of work experience can apply for full certification.

Benefits of a Bachelor's Degree

Completing a bachelor’s degree qualifies you for additional job positions and careers. The median salary for those with bachelor’s degrees is 39% higher than for those with a high school diploma (no college experience) and 34% higher for those with some college but no degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Career Opportunities

  • Workforce Education Coordinator
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Communications Officer
  • Police/Court Clerk
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Transitional Youth Advocate
  • Continued Education For Advanced Degrees in Family Science

"The ability that you have to receive a degree from a university in your time, on your schedule is amazing, and I think the convenience is the best thing. And that's kind of immeasurable."

Rachel Berreckman

ECFA Program Graduate